A Woman Alone: Autobiographical Writings Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was Bessie suffering from when she was trying to forge a friendship with the American woman?

2. Bessie feels that literature in South Africa is very what?

3. In "Notes on novels," how is pre-colonial invasion South Africa described?

4. In old African custom, what were women forbidden to handle?

5. In Chapter 2, what person made Bessie's natural hatred of the white man ebb?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Bessie's hatred of the white man lessened in Chapter 2?

2. In "Notes on Novels," why is Bessie having difficulty writing about her years in South Africa?

3. Why was it so difficult for Bessie to deal with South Africa creatively?

4. What was Bessie's first experience of racism in a black form?

5. In "A Note on Rain Clouds," what does Bessie state is thwarting young, idealistic, black men and their ideals?

6. What was Bessie's life like during the two years that she lived in the refugee community in northern Botswana?

7. In "African Religions," what, does Bessie state is the main difference between Asian and African religious ideals?

8. In "Despite Broken Bondage . . .," how were women treated in Africa before independence?

9. How does Bessie describe the world that a black South African is born into?

10. In what ways did emancipation slowly make it's way to Botswana?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

When Bessie spent four months in Iowa researching a book, she was surprised to discover that America was not as she had imagined. How did she compare America to the villages of early Europe? Was it easy for her to adapt to life there? Was she able to develop her "all-important" routine there? What did it consist of? What were her thoughts on the university library? What was she surprised and excited to find there? Do you think that Bessie had pre-conceived notions about America? Do you think that her stay in Iowa gave her a broader, more accurate picture of America? How do you think she would have described it and the people after her trip?

Essay Topic 2

While Bessie is a true supporter of the black Africans, she can also be highly critical of them. Their lack of initiative in trying to better their situation is a common frustration to Bessie. List three examples that illustrate Bessie's frustration with perceived "passivity" of other black Africans. Bessie admits that she prefers to be on the sidelines when writing. Do you think that it's fair for Bessie to judge others from the sidelines instead of getting actively involved herself?

Essay Topic 3

Bessie describes the lonely life of South African refugees as she experienced. Do you that the refugees would say that it's a small price to pay for freedom? What was Botswana's reaction to refugees after independence? How did this reflect their view of refugees? Do you think that refugees are ever truly "free" of the country that they have fled? Are they always associated with it in the new country? Is this true today of America and refugees from the Muslim countries? What are the stereotypes of these refugees? Do you think that refugees should be forced to assimilate totally into their adoptive country, even forsaking previous culture, language, and religion?

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